The New York and New Jersey chapters of the Vibha Action Center hosted Vibe 2018, the nonprofit’s second annual dinner gala and fundraiser at The Marigold in Somerset, New Jersey.
The Oct. 6 program raised more than $110,000, of which $15,000 will be allocated to the Kerala Disaster Relief Fund, organizers said. More than 300 guests enjoyed networking, entertainment and dinner. Actress Genelia D’Souza Deshmukh was the chief guest for the evening.
With the mission to “Dance for a Cause,” the evening’s performances featured 16 local Indian-American entrepreneurs, global executives, professionals and community leaders. These “star” performers and their choreographers had been paired weeks before the event to plan and prepare for the competition. “ ’Dancing for a Cause’ is a means to make a difference in the lives of children and it’s remarkable to see so many here tonight either as performers, supporters or sponsors,” said Keyur Shah, a key organizer and director at Vibha.
Rupal Patil and Vinita Kochhar, who wereamong the “star” performers, won the TopFundraiser Award. The Overall Vibe 2018 award went to Dr. Devang Modi and Kruti Shah, while Dhairya, Apoorva and Naina Goel were the runners-up. Barkha Kishnani and Shivani Badgi bagged the Most Entertaining Performance award; the Innovative Performance award went to Jyoti Presswala and Uma Kapoor and Sumita Pai Mehta and Mitali Das won the Best Costume award.
The event also included a silent auction and fashion show featuring clothing sponsored by Neha Patel of Glamour Rental and jewelry sponsored by Glitter Trunk. Leading choreographer and model Aric Diamani led the fashion show along with Anshul Agarwal. The silent auction included paintings by artist MedhaAtre, jewelry by Glitter Trunk as well as gifts and items donated by local businesses.
Vibha worksto help underprivileged children through 30 projects in India and seven in the U.S.